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Menstruation In India: To Break The Taboo, Menstruating Women In Delhi Hosted A Lunch Event

To break taboo associated with menstruation, NGO ‘Sachchi Saheli’ hosted a lunch event ‘Period Feast’ in which 28 women on periods cooked and served food to more than 300 guests

Menstruation In India: To Break The Taboo, Menstruating Women In Delhi Hosted A Lunch Event

New Delhi: Donning aprons that said “I am a proud menstruating woman” 28 women cooked up a feast to shatter the myths associated with periods. An Initiative Undertaken By Delhi based NGO ‘Sachhi Saheli’ that works towards raising awareness about menstruation, a lunch event called ‘period feast’ was organised in Delhi on Sunday (February 23) in Mayur Vihar area. The event was in response to the controversial remarks by a priest from Gujarat stating that if women cook and serve food during periods then it is a grave offence and they would be born as dogs in their next life. While talking to NDTV about this unique attempt to normalise menstruation among people, Dr. Surbhi Singh, a gynaecologist and founder of ‘Sachhi Saheli’ said,

Several girls and women are subjected to restrictions in their daily lives simply because they are menstruating. The mission of this event is to uphold the dignity of women. It is disgusting to see that even today, in the 21st century, when we boast of becoming a superpower, have already sent machines to the Mars, we have unfortunately not been able to change our mindset. We are still dragging the age-old beliefs, misconceptions and myths along with us. We are still asking our girls to not enter religious places during menstruation, forbid them from cooking, touching food items and try to limit them as much as possible.

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According to Dr. Singh, 28 women who were menstruating cooked food which was had by about 300 participants including Deputy Chief Minister of Delhi Manish Sisodia and feminist activist Kamala Bhasin. Ranjana, 33 years, one the women cooking the ‘period feast’ said,

We are here to tell people that we are not ashamed of our bodies. We are proud of the fact that we menstruate and so have the ability to bring a new life in this world. We choose to oppose the declaration made by the priest and don’t care what we become in our next birth. All these restrictions do not hold any importance today. We just need to be hygienic and take care of ourselves.

A street play was also performed to dispel superstitions associated with periods.

Menstruation In India: To Break The Taboo, Menstruating Women In Delhi Hosted A Lunch Event

The women wore aprons that said “I am a proud menstruating woman” while cooking food during the ‘Period Feast’ event

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While speaking at the event Mr. Sisodia said that women’s health cannot be compromised due to unscientific claims and myths. He said, “In today’s scientific day and age, there is nothing pure/impure about menstruation, it is a natural biological process that should be taken as it is.”

He further said that it is very important to have a discussion about menstruation so that the hesitation can be removed and more women can be made aware about the various aspects of women’s health and menstruation including the adoption of the safe menstrual hygiene management.

While the women who participated in the event served food to the visitors, volunteers of NGO Sachhi Saheli had a dialogue with the people present in the event about the misconceptions they had about menstruation and what the facts are. Dr. Singh asserted that ‘Sachchi Saheli’ will continue to fight the taboo and break the silence on menstruation. She signed off saying,

No one has the right to take away the pride of any woman just because she is on her periods.

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State Details

State Cases Active Recovered Deaths
Maharashtra

66,33,612 507

11,905 248

64,80,799 738

1,40,908 17

Kerala

51,29,359 4,741

49,152 957

50,40,528 5,144

39,679 554

Karnataka

29,95,285 322

6,783 143

29,50,306 176

38,196 3

Tamil Nadu

27,24,731 740

8,382 36

26,79,895 765

36,454 11

Andhra Pradesh

20,72,446 248

2,158 5

20,55,856 253

14,432

Uttar Pradesh

17,10,373 5

86 5

16,87,377 9

22,910 1

West Bengal

16,14,152 701

7,820 27

15,86,882 717

19,450 11

Delhi

14,40,834 27

290 11

14,15,448 37

25,096 1

Odisha

10,48,492 264

2,222 6

10,37,864 255

8,406 3

Chhattisgarh

10,06,733 27

326 7

9,92,814 20

13,593

Rajasthan

9,54,741 26

187 13

9,45,599 13

8,955

Gujarat

8,27,382 28

291 17

8,16,999 45

10,092

Madhya Pradesh

7,93,120 23

112 9

7,82,480 14

10,528

Haryana

7,71,654 11

159 1

7,61,441 10

10,054

Bihar

7,26,212 3

39 6

7,16,510 9

9,663

Telangana

6,75,479 160

3,545 11

6,67,946 148

3,988 1

Assam

6,16,435 123

2,720 71

6,07,624 189

6,091 5

Punjab

6,03,190 17

313 22

5,86,284 39

16,593

Jharkhand

3,49,216 20

109 0

3,43,967 20

5,140

Uttarakhand

3,44,183 14

150 6

3,36,626 8

7,407

Jammu And Kashmir

3,36,386 149

1,724 5

3,30,189 141

4,473 3

Himachal Pradesh

2,26,941 82

809 18

2,22,287 97

3,845 3

Goa

1,78,839 40

275 9

1,75,183 31

3,381

Mizoram

1,34,279 358

4,117 110

1,29,672 466

490 2

Puducherry

1,28,860 35

326 5

1,26,662 30

1,872

Manipur

1,25,117 19

673 1

1,22,474 18

1,970 2

Tripura

84,784 13

89 9

83,874 3

821 1

Meghalaya

84,414 20

308 27

82,635 44

1,471 3

Chandigarh

65,443 5

52 4

64,571 1

820

Arunachal Pradesh

55,269 9

37 4

54,952 5

280

Sikkim

32,211 4

114 5

31,694 9

403

Nagaland

32,100 4

135 1

31,269 5

696

Ladakh

21,494 27

249 6

21,032 21

213

Dadra And Nagar Haveli

10,683

1 0

10,678

4

Lakshadweep

10,394

28 1

10,315 1

51

Andaman And Nicobar Islands

7,680 2

5 2

7,546

129

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